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Poster: Capt. Cook Date: Aug 20, 2009 9:40pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Deleted...

about 4700 songs from my itunes today. Every show. Every song. I even went searching them out, every last Me & My Uncle, every single Little Red Rooster, and there were dozens of them hiding in the weeds. Out.

Back to nothing... Suggestions?

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Aug 24, 2009 12:56pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Deleted...

Capt -

Ouch. A lot.

Where were the source files located? They should still be there. Deleting them from your iTunes library shouldn't have deleted them from the source file location on your computer.

Try this -

Go to the File tab in iTunes, click on "Add Folder" and see where the default path is. Hopefully you haven't mucked things up too much and all you'll have to do is re-add the folders/files to your iTunes library.

Unless you stored them in your iTunes Music library you should be good. If you did store them in the iTunes Library folder you are likely screwed.

When you get back on your feet, make sure you ALWAYS store the source file in a location other than iTunes. I have four 1 TB external drives with my tunes on them. Two contain music, two are backups and are only connected to the puter when I am backing up the two operating drives after adding new stuff. Call it a $600 peace-of-mind insurance policy.

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Poster: West Cumberland Blues Date: Aug 21, 2009 9:00am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Deleted...

Download a data recovery program. One is called TestDisk. I'm sure there are a bunch of free ones out there.

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Poster: jackstraw86 Date: Aug 22, 2009 4:48pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Deleted...

Can't help you with the deleted songs. Maybe a data recovery suggestion posted here might help? But you can take precautions to not let it happen again. A few months ago I lost a lot of tunes on iTunes and I still don't know what happened. But per a suggestion from a kind soul here, I downloaded Sharepod and installed in on my iPod. It's a wonderful music file manager and since I downloaded, I've never used iTunes again. I've also never mysteriously lost music again. Get a library re-built up and back it up on an external drive. Use Sharepod to move files from your mp3 device to your external drive and vice versa. Sorry for your loss but the best thing you can do is take precautions to not let it happen again.

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Poster: huntr Date: Aug 21, 2009 1:52pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Deleted...

rockbox

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Poster: gmcgill Date: Aug 22, 2009 6:00am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Deleted...

Also note that deleting songs from the itunes library is very different from deleting songs from the harddrive. Even if it asked you to "send files to recycle bin" when you were deleting from the library, the files would still be in your recycle bin until that is cleared. Assuming the files are still somewhere on your harddrive, in itunes, simply go to file/add folder and locate the music folder where the songs were stored. Re-add and you're back in business. (And ditto on backups...I have music backed up on at least 4 different hardrives in 3 different locations!)

EDIT: Also, sometimes itunes can't find songs because the library location set in file preferences advanced is changed back to default. You may need to reset the library location to locate your files.

This post was modified by gmcgill on 2009-08-22 13:00:10

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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Aug 21, 2009 8:05am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Deleted...

i've never understood why people use itunes, especially if you're not downloading music from them. strikes me as a resource-hogging, bug-ridden and now file-deleting monster.

Use Winamp. Unless it's important to you to have a player that can tell you how many times you've listened to Candyman in the last year.

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Poster: clashcity Date: Aug 21, 2009 9:08am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Deleted...

Most people use iTunes because that fascist corporation known as Apple uses only proprietary technologies and doesn't allow their devices to be used with media players/sync software other than the one they give you.

Add that to the fact the iPod doesn't work as a USB mass storage device like many other mp3 players, so once again you are tethered to a proprietary cable, and can't access what's on the device without the iTunes.

But what do "the people", er, lemmings, care, they got a cool, hip device that everyone else has and it only does 2/3 of what others out on the market do.

Fashion and slick marketing trumps actual functionality I suppose.

This post was modified by clashcity on 2009-08-21 16:08:41

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Poster: angular Date: Aug 21, 2009 4:09pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Deleted...

How come Apple is a "fascist corperation"? Success? Maybe if Jobs and the rest of his hippie friends were still working out of a garage they would be heros. I guess success makes one a fascist. What they do is called successful bussiness.

"Fashion and slick marketing", "does only 2/3 of other devices"----are we talking about Apple or obama?

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Poster: pigpen_81 Date: Aug 21, 2009 11:46am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Deleted...

Rockbox works with Ipod and plays Shn and flac I believe.

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Poster: clashcity Date: Aug 21, 2009 11:56am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Deleted...

An open source firm ware for the device?

That's mighty swell, thanks for pointing it out.

I suppose that'd void your warranty though, and put you in the realm of open source community based "support" - I can handle it, but doubt many would be comfortable with that.

Can't see if it says it enables mass storage on the iPod though.

I love the fact that players like SanDisk's and Creative's can be plugged in using a regular ole mini USB and can be used just like a thumb drive.

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Poster: cousinkix1953 Date: Aug 22, 2009 3:42am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Deleted...

So does WinAmp if you install those plugins...

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Poster: clashcity Date: Aug 21, 2009 6:12am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Deleted...

2nd the external hard drive for backup advice

and also stop using iTunes

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Poster: JC Edwards Date: Aug 21, 2009 3:20am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Deleted...

Put them all on an External Hard Drive......and Leave 'em there! ;-)